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“good lunchplace”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Paviljonki

Ranked #10 of 35 Restaurants in Savonlinna
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian
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Description: This lunch restaurant is a true gem in Savonlinna, not known by many visitors. It's a bit out of city, but not too much: just across the Kyrönsalmi bridge, approx. 1,5 km from the Market Place, and it's open Mon-Sun 11 am - 4 pm. Paviljonki is the teaching restaurant of a restaurant school, thus the price is low compared to the quality, which is very high. The lunch is served as a smorgasbord with fresh salads, good bread, a hot soup, cold fish, meat and veggie appetizers plus a warm main dish, which can be salmon, pork, beef or chicken. Dessert, coffee and tea are included in the price, as well as water and milk as drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks are also available, but you need to pay extra for these). You can eat as much as you can, and the price per person is EUR 14 Mon-Sat, EUR 19 on Sundays. The main dish is normally a bit "finer" on Sundays. Children get a discount and small kids (( 4yrs) eat for free. They have a la carte, too, but I think the lunch buffet is definitely the best bargain in Savonlinna during the busy Opera Festival season. You will not get such a feast at this price in the crowded restaurants around the Market Place. This is not the normal cheap stuff you get in Finnish lunch cafes. In Paviljonki you eat in a real restaurant with friendly waiters and white tablecloths, yet it is a casual place. Summer Saturdays it's sometimes closed to the public as it's a popular place to hold wedding receptions. You can check this in their www-pages: see the dates under "Lounaslista". If it says "suljettu", then the restaurant is closed that day. Unfortunately the pages are in Finnish only. About the location: if you arrive from the city, just drive across the high Kyrönsalmi bridge from where you can catch a glimpse of the medieval castle of St. Olof as well as a wonderful lakeland scenery. Paviljonki is the white pavillion-like (thus the name) building right after the bridge on the left hand side. You can't turn left here, but take the first intersection to the left (Miekkoniemenkatu) and drive to Ilokallionkatu, turn left, and finally turn left to Rajalahdenkatu, just before a small marina. There's a big parking lot in front of the restaurant. You can even fit a campervan there. I love this humble restaurant. Been eating there for almost 10 years now. I have to make a visit at least once or twice every summer, even though I live far away. I always recommend it to anyone who goes to Savonlinna.
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“good lunchplace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

a great place to have lunch, as part of the restaurant school it beats most area restaurants for a very reasonable price.

fully run by higher year restaurant students under teacher supervision.
lunches are a set menu that is available on the website in finnish

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Savonlinna, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice and affordable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

This restaurant is for the school where they make fine cooks, waitress and other staff for restaurants! Even they YET are not professionals, they give their best in a very affordable price in their beautiful restaurant just after Kyrönsalmi bridges.

Visited May 2012
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Savonlinna, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good place for before or after the Opera”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

Good food, good service, nice view. Limited menu, but I've eaten here many times and everything I've ordered has always been good.

Visited July 2012
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Espoo, Finland
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“Believe me, Paviljonki is the best place to have lunch in Savonlinna!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2011

A long time favourite (10 years or so) of our family, worth a visit or two every summer. Paviljonki is a true gem in Savonlinna if you are looking for a reasonably priced high-quality lunch without the normal tourist crowds during the Opera Festival. This is a teaching restaurant of a restaurant school, so you can be sure that everything is made by themselves with a great care.

Paviljonki serves a daily lunch buffet of fresh local food, with cold fish, meat and veggie appetizers, hot soup, salads, good bread, a main dish plus a dessert with tea and coffee. The food is delicious, service always friendly - and you can eat as much as you can. They have A la Carte, too, but we always take the buffet. It’s a fixed price, and in 2011 you need to pay EUR 14 per person on weekdays, EUR 19 on Sundays. Children get a discount and toddlers eat for free. Milk and water come for free. Soft drinks, beer, wine etc. are available at extra cost.

The business hours are 11 am to 4 pm every day. Sometimes Paviljonki is closed to the public on summer Saturdays, as it’s a popular place to hold wedding receptions. Check this beforehand in their www-pages (unfortunately in Finnish only). See the list of dates under ”Lounaslista”: if you find word ”suljettu” then they are closed that day.

Located a bit outside the city, at the other end of Kyrönsalmi bridge, Paviljonki is less than 2 km away from the Market Place. It’s the white pavillion-like building (thus the name) on your left side when you come from the city. You can’t turn left here, but do so in the next intersection and drive around the block. Paviljonki is just before a small marina and has a spacious parking lot. The restaurant itself is on the second floor, washrooms downstairs.

Paviljonki has a high-class feeling with white table cloths and all, yet it is a casual place. No need to dress up! The atmosphere is peaceful and friendly and they have a good reason to be proud of their young chefs and waiters. I just love this restaurant and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Savonlinna.

  • Visited August 2010
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